Diary for Thursday, April 5, 1945:
US forces, pushing south, encounter first line of Japanese defenses.
Japan: Koiso Cabinet falls; Admiral Suzuki forms new administration.
Russo-Japanese Nonaggression Pact denounced by Russia a year in advance of agreed expiry date.
Pacific – Operation Tengo: last operational Japanese battleship – Yamato – is to be sacrificed in suicidal attempt to reach Okinawa, where she will be deliberately run aground.